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Time to Give Up?

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The devil wants you to give up. Will you?

You are faced with a choice today. You can either pick up the tools of the Kingdom, or the tools of the enemy. What are these tools? Well, here are a few..

Kingdom tools:

Hope
Perseverance
Joy
Determination
Faith
Love

Enemy tools:

Cynicism
Faithlessness
Hate
Anger
Fear
Doubt

The tools you choose to pick up determine your situation’s outcome. The good news is, if you’ve picked up the wrong tool, it’s not to late to drop it like its hot, and pick up a Kingdom tool!

You were born for greatness – destined for victory! Give God the glory today by picking up Kingdom tools.

Here is a link to 12 Bible Verses For When You Feel Like Giving Up.

Go take on the day! :0)

Onward and Upward,

Sarah

Going Home and The Dentist

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My brother, Matt, finally got to go home from the hospital yesterday!! He’s been eating for a few days now with no adverse effects, so that is awesome! He will still have the PIC line in for about a month I think, for added nutrition, but he’s improving lots and lots. Praise God, He is good all the time! I know you will continue to stand with me in prayer over his full recovery, and I thank you for that! I’ve had two people in the past few days tell me that this has been like the walls of Jericho..and those walls are finally tumbling down. Love that!

Now, I have to go to the dentist. I always tell him I love him, but I never want to see him again! Here’s hoping for zero cavities in my pearly whites! 🙂

Happy Thursday everyone, no matter what obstacles you face, choose to make it a great day! I believe in you!

Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us, to Him be all glory in the church and in Jesus the Anointed from this generation to the next, forever and ever. Amen
Ephesians 3:20-21

You are blessed,

Sarah

Update, Update, Pray All About It!

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Hello, friends!

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated you on my brother. He went in for an MRI which showed cysts on his pancreas, but showed no cancer! So that was great, and very encouraging. He then went in to the pancreatic specialist where he told him to go back on the liquid diet for a week (he’s never truly gotten off of the liquid diet! He’s still waiting to eat a “real” meal for two months now), that week ends tonight. Tomorrow he will go in to the hospital so this specialist can perform a scope, where they will examine his insides further and see what’s going on. Since he will already be under anesthesia, they will put a feeding tube in as well. He will be able to go home tomorrow.

He will have the feeding tube for a month, which will allow the “food” to completely bypass the pancreas. This will allow his pancreas to rest fully, and hopefully recover. The specialist is hoping to have him fully recovered by the time Matt & Laura’s baby is born, which is late October. We are joining him in that hope!

Anyway, Matt is upbeat and optimistic, he’s refusing to be depressed or worried. He’s excited for the feeding tube, he will finally have nourishment!!

Our GodParents are in town for a visit, perfect timing! They were able to go and anoint him with oil and pray over him tonight. What a blessing!

Matt also told me today that their new baby, a girl, will be named (middle name) after me! Her full name will be Hailey Sarah. Ahh! What an honor! I’m thrilled and can’t wait to meet her. October can’t come fast enough!

On another note, my husband’s uncle Tim was in a horrible motorcycle accident last night and is suffering severe injuries, in critical condition. He’s got multiple broken bones, swelling on the brain, and internal bleeding. Please lift him up in prayer.

One of my besties has two family members in the hospital right now, please keep them and their family in prayer as well.

My daughter’s elementary school music teacher’s son died over the weekend in a river accident, please lift that family and all involved in prayer. Her son had just been married a few weeks ago.

Praise Report: The sun came up today! We have another day of air to breathe! God is good!

Thanks for lifting everyone up in prayer, I pray for you often as well! If you have a specific prayer need, please feel free to leave it in a comment below, or email me at mrsmendiola@me.com

You are blessed!

Sarah

Mountain Climbing

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When you think you can’t go on, keep going anyway. It’s when the night seems darkest, that the dawn is closest. You will make it through. Lean on His everlasting arms, and there’s nothing that can take you under. You will be ok. You will smile again. Don’t give up, look up!

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“..I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” – Philippians 4:12b-13

Onward and upward,

Sarah

Rotten? Or Veiled Beauty?

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I get these emails daily..sometimes they are in alignment with what I believe, sometimes they aren’t. The prayers, or devotionals, or thoughts, come from different authors, so of course theres a bit of a Russian Roulette as to whether or not I will enjoy the reading.

The ones that pray to “the universe”, I give a delete to. I can know with certainty, those prayers aren’t for me. The universe is His. It’s God’s creation. I don’t pray to His creatION, I pray to The CreatOR!

Anyway, when this mornings email came in, I saw the first sentence and was like..hmm..do I like that? Labeling Him as “Infinite Wisdom”? Kinda different than the usual Alpha and Omega or Jehovah titles, but also not inaccurate. After all, He IS infinite wisdom. Then in the next sentence they start talking about a “Higher vibration”. You’re losin me now, buddy..finger on delete button..Oh, but wait, it’s the higher vibration known as THE GREAT I AM he’s talking about! Now that’s the God I serve..the Great! I! Am! So I read on, and ended up really loving the prayer.

I guess I’ve shared that with you because sometimes in life, we see the very surface of something or someone..the first impression..and right away, before digging any deeper, we judge it. We judge without really knowing. Because we do that, we miss out on many opportunities and friendships.

Today I encourage you to dig a little deeper before throwing something, or someone, out of your life. Get to the root of the situation before you start tugging on it for removal. Things aren’t always as they seem at first glance.

Of course, there ARE some things we can know instantly that are not good for us, and those things we give an instant NO to. But, many times, we throw out the old brown, spotted banana because it looks bad on the outside, instead of using it to make a delicious banana bread.

The Lord sees through the mess, straight into the heart. We should do that, too.

“..God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:17b

Have a beautiful weekend, friends! My love and prayers are with you.

**On a side note, continued prayers for my brother are much appreciated. He’s recovering, but it’s a slow go. We know God can do infinitely more than we can hope or dream. And so we are believing for that now.

Blessings,

Sarah

Faith in the Unseen

Did any of you catch the Dateline special on the Bingham family? What a great example they are of what positivity, faith, and being thankful can do in someone’s life. They never give up or give in. They fight together and for each other, without ceasing. This family has been through more than I could ever imagine, yet they remain faithful.

When I think of them, Hebrews 11:1 comes to mind: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

For more information on this family, a link to their family blog, and ways you can help, please visit this website: http://www.heartsforbinghams.org/

Please commit to praying for this family. If you missed the episode, you can find it on NBC.com.

Have a great day, friends! You are blessed beyond measure.

– Sarah

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